Jason Easton: Taylor’s old title will be staying in Capital

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Undefeated Jason Easton is glad that Josh Taylor has chosen to vacate his Commonwealth super lightweight title – but is adamant that the belt will be staying in Edinburgh.

The reigning IBO Inter-Continental and Celtic champion has the chance to add a third title to his CV when he lines up against Sunderland’s Glenn Foot (21-3) at the SSE Hydro in six weeks time.

However, Easton insists he isn’t in this game just to make up the numbers and believes victory over the Englishman will put him in pole position to challenge for the British title in the summer.

“This will be my toughest opponent by far. I thought he was winning against Josh [Leather] in his last fight so I know what he brings to the table. I have had a good look at him so he’s a very good boxer,” the 26-year-old said.

“These type of opportunities don’t come along very often for people like me from Niddrie so I’m grateful to Josh to giving me his hand-me-downs!

“My coach Kenny [McCartney] has been with me through all the ups and downs. He’s done so much for me and is like a family member. I’ll be making sure the belt stays in Edinburgh.”

Lee McGregor will also feature on the Taylor-Humberto Soto undercard at the SSE Hydro and will be chasing his third victory since joining the paid ranks in October. He will contest an eight-rounder, although his opponent is still to be confirmed.